St Albans Councillors learn about issues around planning enforcement

Effective enforcement is essential in order to maintain the integrity of an authority's plan-making and decision taking processes. In fact, enforcement is probably the most complex and litigious part of the planning process; the decision to enforce is not taken lightly and has to be soundly based on evidence of ‘planning harm’ and be legally well-founded in all respects.

It is with this in mind that St Albans contacted TRA to prepare and deliver a short in-house workshop for their Members.

The training set out the legal basis on which enforcement is delivered in local planning authorities across the country. Some of the key elements of both national and local practice were drawn out using a mini case study. The session also looked at member roles in the process and how they can best assist their officers in delivering a high-quality, proactive enforcement service.

The training was prepared and delivered by TRA Presenter, Andrew Ashcroft, and participant feedback was encouraging:

  • Very good run through of the overall context. Ian Grant
  • The training workshop was detailed and covered all aspects of planning enforcement. Victoria Mead
  • Good comprehensive course with a light touch. Eileen Harris
  • Information interesting and more important, very useful. Up to the usual excellent standard and knowledge of delivery. Cllr Pawle
  • It was different from previous training in enforcement, so was beneficial. Gill Clark.

Enforcement is just one of the areas that TRA can provide training on; a full list of our workshops on Specific Aspects of Planning can be found on our website.  If required, we are also happy to consider designing bespoke sessions or tailoring an existing programme to suit an individual client’s needs – please do not hesitate to ask if you have any specific requirements.  

If you would like to receive more information on in-house training for Councillors, including an outline programme, then please do not hesitate to contact Angela Holmes for a no-obligation discussion.